The Catherine McAuley Honors Program features rigorous classes that challenge Mercy Girls to develop the confidence to succeed as thinkers and scholars. This program allows Mercy Girls to achieve mastery at an advanced level with fellow honors students in an inspiring learning environment.
Mercy Girls are admitted to this program by invitation only. During freshman year, McAuley Scholars are enrolled in honors level courses, with their mathematics and world languages courses determined by placement testing. At the end of freshman year, Mercy Girls are given the opportunity to choose honors study in at least two disciplines to be continued over their sophomore, junior, and senior years. After completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), Mercy Girls in the Catherine McAuley Honors Program participate in the IB Diploma Programme (DP) for 11th and 12th grade students. This program prepares students to become creative problem-solvers and lifelong independent thinkers, and distinguishes Mercy graduates for consideration at top colleges and universities because of IB’s global reputation for academic rigor.